Saturday, October 8, 2011

Auralia's Colors

Auralia’s Colors, The Auralia Thread, Jeffrey Overstreet, WaterBrook Press, Fantasy, 2007, 338 pages.

Synopsis: When thieves find an abandoned child lying in a monster's footprint, they have no idea that their wilderness discovery will change the course of history.

Cloaked in mystery, Auralia grows up among criminals outside the walls of House Abascar, where vicious beastmen lurk in shadow. There, she discovers an unsettling - and forbidden - talent for crafting colours that enchant all who behold them, including Abascar's hard-hearted king, an exiled wizard, and a prince who keeps dangerous secrets.

Auralia's gift opens doors from the palace to the dungeons, setting the stage for violent and miraculous change in the great houses of the Expanse.
Auralia's Colours weaves literary fantasy together with poetic prose, a suspenseful plot, adrenaline-rush action and unpredictable characters sure to enthral ambitious imaginations.

My thoughts: Writing a review of this book is hard. There are few books you can easily compare it to, one being the Bible. It is its own tapestry. Overstreet weaves in colors hinting at joy, intrigue, betrayal, and desire. The color metaphors never got old, which shows his mastery of allegory. Many finer points of this allegory are hidden deep and are hard to discern. The Keeper is an interesting creature to note. I have been told it is not in fact a representation of the Creator, though it would seem that way.

The ending left me breathless and sad, but I look forward to the next Strand! I believe this will become a classic in the allegory genre, alongside C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia!

My rating: 5 stars

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  1. I've read all four of the books! They are really really good!
    In a way it is allegorical, but the Keeper is more like an angel than the creator. Angels point to the Mystery, the mystery being the creator; God. Jeffrey Overstreet said that the books are about questions and how we act concerning information and doubt and such. He's such a good writer!
    God Bless you!

  2. Thank you for the clarification! It makes more sense now.

  3. Oh my gosh, I absolutely LOVED this book; I just read it a few days ago and golly...I found it extremely beautiful. Sadly it belongs to the library -- I almost want my own copy to keep at home and read when I please :P

    1. Hello Squeaks!

      Yes, it's been too long and I should read it again. Looking back, my review fell short in many ways, but I'm very glad you liked Auralia's Colors!


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